8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2011
I wanted to replace an earlier edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, but am glad that I came across the Chambers version before committing to the new edition of the Oxford. The Chambers (on my very unscientific assessment!) seems to have a deeper coverage, at least of the more traditional material. Just on the first page, for example, Abelard gets three entries in the Chambers to two in the latest Oxford edition - although one of the Oxford's is different! Perhaps the Oxford has a better system for capturing what is actually being quoted in contemporary sources. But the Chambers hardly seems lacking here, and in fact it feels better balanced, without any 'favouritism'. I think it also has the edge in international coverage.
Both have the same format - the main text arranged alphabetically by author, with a keyword index - so they feel very similar in use. Both give a brief context note for each quote, but the Chambers scores over the Oxford by including a paragraph of biography on each author (not just a short sentence), and by giving each author's quotes in chronological order. This makes browsing a greater pleasure with the Chambers - it can be read more like an anthology.
P.S. I only wish a publisher would one day decide to include PROVERBS in a dictionary like this, seeing that they are really only quotations from 'Anonymous'! The trick would be to include (in the limits of space) some indication of how the proverb has been used and developed over time.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2011
Very interesting book that can be looked into again and again ,inspirational.but in hindsite would have prefferred subject matter to be used ie love, death , happiness etc rather than be alphabetical covering all issues.